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7 go-to recipes for successful toe-up socks

 

This week we’re knitting with Prose by Wisdom Yarns. Yesterday, I delved into Prose’s colorways, structure, and characteristics. Today we’ll look at knitting toe-up socks.

 

Prose yarn in Foxy colorway has the perfect width of stripes.
I love the width of the stripes in Prose, not too thick, but more than 1 round’s worth.

 

I’m working on a pair of cuff-down socks. I keep asking myself why I did this. I mean, I love toe-up socks. I always knit toe-up socks. I haven’t knit cuff-down socks for years. I guess I just wanted to try something different. But I’m going back to toe-up socks next time.

I thought I’d be really smart and do some research and increase my knowledge about toe-up socks and have a lot of wisdom to share with you about knitting toe-up socks with our Wisdom yarn Prose. Then I read a lot and took some notes and realized, there’s a thing called a listicle, so instead of reinventing the wheel, I’m sharing a list of 7 great web pages about toe-up socks.

 

Wisdom yarns free toe-up sock is a no-nonsense pattern akin to what some knitters call "vanilla socks."
Wisdom yarns free toe-up sock is a no-nonsense pattern akin to what some knitters call “vanilla socks.”

 

1. The free pattern that comes with Prose yarn is a no-nonsense, straight forward toe-up sock pattern with no deep analysis or tricky math.

2. Cassy’s anatomy of a toe-up sock heel made with a heel flap is a very in-depth review of how to make a heel fit your foot in the most comfortable way possible, as in the picture below from Knit the Hell Out.

 

Stitch markers and good notes go a long way to successful heel flaps (Photo by Knit the Hell Out)
Stitch markers and good notes go a long way to making successful heel flaps (Photo by Knit the Hell Out)

 

3. To add a little texture to your sock pattern, try Hermoine’s everyday sock recipe by Erica Lueder. It’s a great way to use up small scraps of sock yarn that complement other sock yarn with less yardage.

4. Tanis shares 3 different short row heels that she likes to use with toe-up socks, as in the photo below by Tanis Fiber Arts.

 

These short-row heels seem to fit just fine! I'm going to try these out! (Photo below by Tanis Fiber Arts)
These short-row heels seem to fit just fine! I’m going to try these out! (Photo below by Tanis Fiber Arts)

 

5. Louise Tilbrook shares some ideas and tips as in her photo below on easy and well-fitting toe-up socks with self-striping yarn, perfect for knitting up a pair with Prose.

 

This would look awesome in Wisdom yarns' Prose! I'm going to cast on my next pair soon! (Photo by Louise Tilbrook Designs)
This heel would look awesome in Prose! I’m going to cast on my next pair soon! (Photo by Louise Tilbrook Designs)

 

6. Fleegle really gets into the shaping of gussets in this post.

7. Clare studies toe shaping and different cast-ons to make your toes super comfy in their toe-up socks.

So that’s the round up for today. Tomorrow, I’ll share more about my cuff-down socks.

 

close up of cuff-down sock worked in a Prose yarn with stripes in off white, grey, medium brown-grey, charcoal and orange.
A sneak peek at my cuff-down sock in Foxy Prose!

 

This is part 2 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 1: Knitting with Prose self-striping sock yarn

Go to part 3: Things I will and won’t do again in cuff-down knitted socks…

 

About Charles Voth

I’m Charles Voth, a crochet and knitting professional. I enjoy reviewing yarns and tools to help others find materials that will help them be happy with what they stitch. I design garments and accessories and items for the home. I teach both crafts at yarn stores, in schools, and at craft shows and retail events. I am also a technical editor of both crochet and knitting patterns and illustrate the charts and diagrams that make pattern reading accessible to so many.

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